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Source: Thomas Jackson, 785-532-2354,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Friday, April 17, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Diavolo, a dance company whose members are not only dancers, but acrobats, gymnasts, actors and athletes as well, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

Under the guidance of artistic director Jacques Heim, Diavolo takes movement, athleticism and risk to the extreme while creating a surreal and cinematic experience where imagination thrives. The audience can expect to see dancing, leaping, flying, climbing, falling and spinning on dramatically lit architectural sets and structures.

Heim founded Diavolo in Los Angeles in 1992 to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances that examine the funny and frightening ways individuals act with their environment. Diavolo's goal is to create metaphors for the challenge of relationships, the absurdities of life and the struggle to maintain our humanity in an increasingly technological world. The group currently has 10 members and has more than a dozen works in repertoire.

Tickets for Diavolo are on sale now. Prices start at $14.50 for K-State students and children 18 and under. General public tickets start at $29. Discounts for K-State faculty, seniors and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at